Yvonne Strahovski Surprised By Chuck's Series Finale: 'It's Satisfying, But Almost Tragic'

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We spy anxiety building in the loyal fans of NBC’s Chuck, especially for those about to read here what Yvonne Strahovski shared with TVLine about the two-hour series finale airing Friday, Jan. 27.

When asked about her expectations for the five-year-old series’ capper versus what it actually presented itself to be, the Aussie beauty – perhaps skilled by her time playing a savvy CIA agent – ably sidestepped that “trick” question, saying, “I can’t tell you my expectations, because then I reveal what the finale is not.”

But then, measuring her words with some care, Strahovski went on to share, “I had very specific things that I thought it was going to be, and it turned out to be not what I thought.”

In fact, she says, the final leg of Team Bartowski’s journey “surprised me to the point where I kind of felt like an audience member myself, sitting on the edge of my seat wondering, ‘Oh my gosh, how is this going to get resolved?’”

Wait, there are things to be resolved? Edge-of-seat kinds of things? Should fans prepare to be left hanging? “There will be a satisfying ending,” Strahovski reassures, “but it’s almost slightly, slightly tragic, the lead-up to what happens.”

A well-placed source echoes Strahovski’s intimations, telling TVLine that elements of the finale are, indeed, “pretty shocking.”

Officially, NBC’s synopses for the series-ending hours read, in part, “After a harrowing mission, Sarah returns to Chuck with a huge secret,” then, “Chuck enlists his family, friend and some unexpected allies as he races to stop [villain] Nicholas Quinn (guest star Angus Macfadyen, Braveheart) from destroying everything Chuck has built over the past five years.”

But Strahovski boils it down thusly, and romantically: “We’re going to see a lot of the focus on the Chuck and Sarah love story, which is the heart of the show.”

Chuck fans, are you readying for the show’s final mission?



Comments (102)

  • TEAM BARTOWSKI!!!!!! I already know I’m going to be crying like a little girl when the finale airs. I received season 4 on DVD for Christmas and I’m rewatching in order to prepare myself for what’s coming. I love Chuck and I’m going to miss it when its gone.

    Comment by Garnet_and_Gold47 – January 9, 2012 01:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Exact same feelings here my friend right down to getting chuck season 4 for christmas and rewatching, which let me just say i still think is fantastic and that finale? Friggin epic!! I can’t wait 4 this ep but at the same time i don’t want it to come because i will ball my eyes out and it will all be over :’( What an amazing show and an epic journey we’ve all had you will be missed Chuck!! Chuck FTW!!

      Comment by Kayla – January 9, 2012 06:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Me too!. I hope they kill Morgan, that would be a good ending.

        Comment by John – January 10, 2012 04:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • All of season 5 has been freaking epic! I’m glad they are going out on a high note instead of just fizzling. I’m going to buy all of the seasons on DVD asap that way it can never truly be over for me. :) And to John I hope they don’t kill anyone. Chuck and Morgan are the best example of bromance on tv. I think if they killed Morgan it would kill part of Chuck, too.

        Comment by Garnet_and_Gold47 – January 10, 2012 08:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I do not like hearing “tragic” about a show I’m passionate about. That said, I have to trust the producers and writers with the story they tell. The last two shows have been especially wonderful and satisfying. I’m sad to see my show go.

    Comment by Jeanne – January 9, 2012 01:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I swear if John Casey dies I’m going to pitch a fit the likes of which haven’t been seen since I was a very young child. I agree though, the last few episodes have been great, and leading up to big changes for Team Bartowski. I will miss Chuck a lot!

      Comment by Ari – January 10, 2012 05:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love this series. But I hope to god the finale doesn’t leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth for years…the “tragic” bit is a bit concerning…

    Comment by Hojana – January 9, 2012 01:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For five seasons I really can’t get enough of Sarah Walker right now but she’ll always have Chuck by her side. :)

    Comment by kevin – January 9, 2012 01:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am going to miss Chuck so much! Hopefully I won’t be as tearful as I was when Tennant left Doctor Who but it will be hard to say goodbye to one really great show.

    Comment by Donna – January 9, 2012 02:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I feel EXACTLY the same way. It will be tough to say goodbye, but not as much of a cry-fest as losing the Tenth doctor.

      Comment by CJ – January 9, 2012 04:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am hoping that I can shake the feeling of someone dying…..but this isn’t helping =(

    Comment by Ella – January 9, 2012 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There was a blind item a while back about a show in its final season killing off an original character and Chuck was listed among the possible candidates. I hope Chuck isn’t the subject of the blind item though. I can’t imagine them killing off anybody.

      Comment by Dean – January 9, 2012 03:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. But I thought I heard a spoiler that someone who has been with the show since the beginning is going to die in a heroic way. I could be wrong though… :-/

      Comment by Lindsey – January 9, 2012 04:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Its gonna b morgan or casey or ellie… ‘chuck’ is the name of the show, so it would be stupid and mean to kill him off :(, and if yvonne says that the episode centers around charah then it i really hope its not sarah, and morgan was one of the first characters introduced… :( idk but i hope its not too depressing

        Comment by AJ – January 9, 2012 04:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I highly doubt it would be Ellie. Morgan or Casey would be more likely, but I think Beckman is another possibility.

          Comment by Beth – January 9, 2012 05:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She didn’t say anything about a death. I’d think a death would be more than “slightly, slightly tragic”.

      Comment by sash fan – January 10, 2012 07:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think you mean January 27, the 26th is a Thursday

    Comment by Lisa – January 9, 2012 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG! I don’t want someone to die! That would be really sad! :(

    Comment by Rebecka – January 9, 2012 02:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Unless it is Morgan, then it would be great!

      Comment by John – January 10, 2012 04:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • When I read this I had an immediate flashback to the end of Quantum Leap. I remember reading spoilers (such as they were) about how the end would be. I was left feeling sad and extremely unsettled for years about the end of that series. I hope that Chuck goes out with a bang, but I also hope that the audience doesn’t have to suffer the what ifs after watching.

    Comment by Trista – January 9, 2012 02:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If it’s not something I like then I can just imagine it ending the way I wanted it to end.

    I love Yvonne. She’s great. I hope to see her and Zachary in future and/or movie endeavors now that Chuck is coming to its’ end.

    Comment by Ariel – January 9, 2012 03:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am going to miss Chuck, but I would rather see the show go out on top, or at least on a high rather than “jumping the shark” and going on season-after-season too long. I have, unfortunately, seen too many good shows go down the tubes doing that.

    Comment by bdgfn – January 9, 2012 03:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is Chuck ever going to get the Intersect back?

    Comment by amelyn – January 9, 2012 03:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Man Chuck! Don’t leave me hanging… The show is wayy too awesome to leave :( It burdens me just the thought of what tv would be like without Chuck.. :’(

    Comment by Joseph – January 9, 2012 03:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh ♍Ɣ God. Ȋ̝̊ feel so sad. Ȋ̝̊ can’t believe this Ȋ̝̊̅§ about τ̅☺ end. Ȋ̝̊ am so going τ̅☺ cry like Α̇̇̇ baby when it ends. Chuck Ȋ̝̊̅§ Α̲̅πϑ always will be ♍Ɣ favourite show.

    Comment by Olusoga Olutayo – January 9, 2012 03:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What if it all ends with Chuck getting killed but really he wakes up from passing out in the first episode after downloading the intersect and it was all a dream.

    Comment by David – January 9, 2012 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • that. would. be. EPIC.

      (but also really sad)

      Comment by AJ – January 9, 2012 04:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That would mean Sarah Walker does not even exist! Tragic!!!

      Comment by Audrey – January 9, 2012 08:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • omg

      Comment by rose – January 10, 2012 04:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • sounds to me alot like Dallas (if you’re old enough to remember that one)…But I think Sarah will be hurt (shot?) and almost die and then be fine at the end and they find out she is pregnant after all.

      Comment by Lulu – January 10, 2012 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • DAVID NOW THAT OUT OF ALL OF THESE I HAVE READ MAKES THE MOST SENSE AND IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST WAY I COULD SEE CHUCK ENDING! NICE!

      Comment by John G – January 11, 2012 06:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh jeez. If they Quantum Leap us, I’ll never forgive them.

    Comment by Me – January 9, 2012 03:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am mad that I can’t see any of the shows I missed. They use to have them on Hulu but I can’t see them there or on nbc. That is not cool! I love Chuck and will miss this series. I really feel they should have kept this on!

    Comment by Crystal – January 9, 2012 03:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. Since NBC decided to screw us over and not put the show online, I haven’t been able to watch any season 5. By the time the DVD comes out, there won’t be any surprise left.

      Comment by Roger – January 9, 2012 04:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It’s not NBC that is to blame for that – all the blame lies on Warner Brothers for not streaming the series anywhere.

        Comment by CJ – January 9, 2012 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Go to mopvideo.com … you can see every episode up till now.

          Comment by CC – January 9, 2012 07:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • they want you to buy the DVD’s (Target.com)

          Comment by Lulu – January 10, 2012 03:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope the ‘tragic end’ does not mean death of any member of team bartowski. And i hope nothing comes between sarah and chuck, coz thats my greatest fear. That cute couple has been through ALOT already. But i know for sure that am gonna be a MESS when watching the final episode. Am gonna miss CHUCK

    Comment by Limba – January 9, 2012 03:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As long as nothing bad happens to Casey I’m good!!!! ;-D

    Comment by Jenni – January 9, 2012 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have a feeling it’s going to end with someone or other having to go off the grid, into hiding, protection, etc, and have to make a finale farewell to everyone (“Chuck vs. the Goodbye”). Unclear whether it will be Chuck+Sarah, or Morgan, Ellie and Awesome, but it sounds like it’ll be along those lines.

    Comment by John – January 9, 2012 03:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I too have been fearing some sort of waking from a dream scenario!!!

    Comment by Jenni – January 9, 2012 03:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • But if it was all a dream then sarah wont be real,right? That’s too hard to accept…

    Comment by Limba – January 9, 2012 03:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I cant beleive it is ending:( this is my favorite show, i hope that chuck and sarah have a baby! well they probably will considering that the last episode is called chuck vs the baby:D i know that i will bawl my eyes out no matter what happens…

    Comment by Gwyneth – January 9, 2012 03:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I will miss Chuck and most of all miss Sara. Team B will be missed as much as I miss 24!!!!!

    Comment by Darryl – January 9, 2012 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The season finale might just be the saddest day of my life! I can’t believe this amazing show is coming to an end! How can a show like this be cancelled, yet they still air stupid, pointless shows like Jersey Shore?! Chuck is the best show I’ve ever watched, and I’ll definitely miss it, but at least I can watch it over and over again since I own seasons 1-4! Chuck, Sarah, Morgan, Casey, Devan, Ellie, Big Mike, and even Jess and Lester, you will be missed!!
    ♥Chuck Fan Forever♥

    Comment by Cara – January 9, 2012 04:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i hope the cast continues to have bigger and better career, they are amazingly talented.

    Comment by DB – January 9, 2012 04:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is it totally lame that I just teared up a bit worrying over who is going to die? I know there was an article before about an “original character” on Chuck biting the dust in heroic fashion in the finale, and I am truly upset thinking about who it may be. I am really sad to say goodbye to this show.

    Comment by CJ – January 9, 2012 04:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • :( it is sad that show like this is going to end. For the very first time someone came up with such a marvellous story with such a brilliant team of remarkable cast and fascinating gadgets and Beautiful girls , family love, relationships from parents, sibling, wife, lover, children, friends, co-workers, and even with bosses. This show had it all, i just cannot put it into words how much this show had entertained us taught us and made us laugh and off course who can one 4get made us emotional. in the end i would like to say NBC that it could had extended it but it is true one day everything has to end sooner or later. Still I will say it was still sooner for Chuck. But as I am glad as a chuck fan it is going completes it story and it will always be no1 on my list. THANKYOU TEAM CHUCK OR SHOULD I SAY TEAM BARTOWSKI.

    Comment by Siddiqui – January 9, 2012 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Excited to see what the show creators have envisioned for their great ending. So sad to not have my weekly dose of Chuck though. I really will miss this wonderful, sweet and entertaining show!!

    Comment by Loni – January 9, 2012 04:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think it will be Casey sacrificing himself to save Morgan — so that his daughter doesn’t lose Morgan the way Caseys wife “lost” him.

    Comment by Bart – January 9, 2012 04:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s a very “Armageddon” type of ending. Sad, but possible!

      Comment by Nicole – January 9, 2012 08:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That has been my thought all season. They seem to be setting Casey up for it. He has found love, has connected with his daughter, is generally happy plus he’s got a noble streak about a mile long and I could see him sacrificing his life so that his daughter can have a lifetime of happiness with Morgan.

      Comment by Dash – January 10, 2012 08:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I always envisioned that it would be Casey sacrificing himself for his friends and family. mainly cause I don’t think he could handle a desk job in cyber terrorism

        Comment by Anonymous – January 14, 2012 10:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • That and I think the idea of Sarah dying just seems overused.

          Comment by Anonymous – January 14, 2012 10:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am going to miss this show more than almost any show on tV. It’s sad because besides Americas Got Talent and the Nightly News, it’s the only reason I watch NBC. It amazes me to see them killing off one of their only good shows. I would have rather seen another 3-4 seasons. The writing was actually getting better! Oh well.

    Comment by David – January 9, 2012 04:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh I’m really going to miss chuck..
    Hope the end is not that ‘tragic’ cuz, I know I’m going to cry but, I don’t want to cry all day long after that !
    God, can’t realize ! Love all of them, kisses from France. (I don’t like cheese btw :p)

    Comment by Maeva – January 9, 2012 05:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want them to stop saying Chuck is going to end!! Arghhh!

    Comment by Suzanne – January 9, 2012 05:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As usual the network only foucus on money now ends another great show. They mentiond about this day coming, and when the put the show in the “Death Slot” Friday nights I knew it was over. My friday night are free again.

    Comment by Bob Slater – January 9, 2012 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hi when will this series air in the uk I loved the last series where ellie finally got her involvement,and I can’t wait for the new series when oh when will it be on in uk and what channel???

    Comment by jason t – January 9, 2012 06:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love this show so much that im sorry to see it go away like this , but i hope the producers,cast and everyone who has been working on it since it started come up with a great ending and leaving the show with laughs instead of tears , that would be the best ending for me and my love for this ( FAVORITE ) show :)

    Peace out all my Chuck friends

    Comment by Niklas Andersson – January 9, 2012 07:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want Scott Bakula to come back!!!!!

    Comment by Karen E – January 9, 2012 07:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love this show and I’m sad to see end. That being said I’m glad the writers were able to work towards an ending and the cast and crew got to say a proper goodbye

    Comment by Joycee09 – January 9, 2012 07:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You can see this season’s episodes on mopvideo.com. Search for Chuck.

    Comment by CC – January 9, 2012 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Btw, no relation to mopvideo.com.

      Just had to find a way to watch the Chuck episodes that aren’t being streamed.

      Comment by CC – January 9, 2012 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well it could be one of the nerd herds that dies????

    Comment by Herminio – January 9, 2012 07:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I haven’t seen this series yet but I think it will be chucks mum or captain awesome who dies,don’t want anyone to die love them all and wish chuck would stream forever

    Comment by jason t – January 9, 2012 07:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As a possibility because I really don’t want anyone to die maybe the tragic thing, since most of the final season is about chuck and sarah settling down into married life is that sarah can’t have kids.

    Comment by sarah – January 9, 2012 08:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That would totally STINK!!!

      Comment by Kirsti – January 13, 2012 06:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m so sad to have Chuck coming to an end. It truly is one of the vest shows on tv. A movie would be a welcome follow up!

    Comment by Melinda – January 9, 2012 08:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t believe the final episode is in January. It should have gone on until May. I feel cheated.I will miss Chuck very much.

    Comment by Gilles – January 9, 2012 08:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So sad this show is ending :(.. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to cry in the series finale, I love Chuck, I think the cast is just amazing, the chemistry between them is incredible. At the beginning of the 5th season I waited for each friday to come fast, but now I don’t know either if I want fridays to come fast or slow because every new episode means the finale is very close. I have really high expectations on the finale, especially after the ‘Chuck vs The Baby’ episode. This is the best show ever!!!

    Comment by jeq – January 9, 2012 08:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t think Chuck’s writers are sadistic a-holes like 24 writers…

    Comment by N/A – January 9, 2012 09:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Chuck was destined to fail because I love it so much!! Just like Human Target, it was too smart and witty and fun to last. Pretty soon all we’ll have to watch is reality tv. Sad but true :(

    Comment by Valerie – January 9, 2012 09:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why does it have to end?!? It could go on with at least ten season without eventually being lame. I have absolutely no idea of what i should be doing after Chuck is gone. It’s like i’m going away too. I don’t see why they stop now either. Other people that doesn’t watch the show would catch on eventually. This is so sad :(

    Comment by Larsi – January 9, 2012 09:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love chuck ,Sara whole gang,upsets me see NBC pull plug on chuck great show,after or if they do not run them again,I’ll be watch ABC,won’t be watching NBC rest shows are junk,

    Comment by Dan – January 9, 2012 10:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh great. If reading this brief interview already had me on the edge of my seat, then I can’t even imagine how I’ll handle these last few CHUCK episodes.. Knowing the characters for 5 years makes even slightly tragic storylines a lot more emotional this season. Especially for a special kind of show that fans have successfully fought for. #FiveSeasonsAndAFinale
    Based on Yvonne Strahovski’s description of how the finale felt, though, I think fans should be happy. None of the 4 season enders have really disappointed yet, anyway. (Yeah, I’m counting to Morgan-sect twist that people prematurely judged as a non-disappointing finale)
    Thanks for the CHUCK coverage, TVline! Getting every last bit of info we can until the end of the month.

    Comment by Aiden – January 9, 2012 10:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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